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The Wharf Lowers Gangplank
Phase 1 of the massive Wharf project on D.C.’s Southwest waterfront will have its grand opening Thursday, Oct. 12, with a preview of the new water-taxi service, walking tours and an official kickoff ceremony with Mayor Muriel Bowser and Council member Charles Allen. At 5 p.m., there will be a free concert by the Bacon Brothers — Kevin and Michael — on District Pier.

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TechWeek Powers Up
With the goal of helping local tech startups become influential companies while simultaneously bringing jobs and excitement, TechWeek came to D.C. for the first time Oct. 2 to 6. The conference hosted multiple educational and networking opportunities for attendees, covering some of the hottest D.C. tech topics (blockchain initiatives, diversity in tech, etc.). Speakers included Roy Schwartz, cofounder and president of Axios, and Michael O’Neil Jr., founder and CEO of GetWellNetwork.

Disabled Vets Attend Day of Honor
The inaugural commemoration of the National Day of Honor for American Veterans Disabled for Life, held in D.C. Oct. 5, featured remarks from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. David Shulkin; Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), herself a disabled veteran; Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Florida). The event was the brainchild of Florida philanthropist Lois Pope, who created the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial at 150 Washington Ave. SW.

Powell Jobs Invests in Wizards
Billionaire executive Laurene Powell Jobs is buying into D.C. sports teams. The widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs has decided to acquire a 20-percent stake in Ted Leonsis’s Monumental Sports and Entertainment, ESPN reported. She will have the second-largest stake in the group (after Leonsis himself), which includes the NBA’s Washington Wizards basketball team, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Capital One Arena.

Nick Nicks Spike in Charity Fry-Off
Sir Kensington’s condiments’ Road Trip to Dip food truck was in D.C. Oct. 6 for a “Fry Day” competition between Spike Mendelsohn of Good Stuff Eatery and Nick Wiseman of DGS Delicatessen. The chefs’ french fries went spud to spud outside the Chickery on Connecticut Avenue. Wiseman, the winner, received $5,000 for his favorite charity; runner-up Mendelsohn got $1,000.

Thief Leaves With Leaves
A plant as tall as the perpetrator was stolen from a doorway in the 600 block of I Street NE in broad daylight last month. The Washington Post reported that a man wearing sunglasses, a baseball cap and jeans walked off with a large potted plant. Police are asking those with any information about the plant-napping to call 202-727-9099. Online commenter Kaspar Hauser wrote: “And all the witnesses are mum.”



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